This comforting Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is a great meal on a cold day. Set the Crockpot in the morning and then enjoy your creamy soup for dinner that evening. The leftovers are fantastic too!

a bowl of potato soup with ham

You will love this easy, creamy soup! Chunks of ham, veggies, and creamy potatoes simmer in the slow cooker until tender. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it hearty soup perfect for busy weeknights or for cold days.

If you prep the veggies ahead of time, all you have to do is dump and go. Potatoes are filling and nutritious and a great addition to soup. They’re high in disease-fighting antioxidants and resistant starch that improves digestion.

You can use a ham steak for this recipe, but leftover ham works great too. Just cut it into bite-sized pieces before throwing it into the crockpot. Although this recipe calls for whole milk, it can easily be made dairy-free. Full-fat coconut milk will give you a creamy and rich texture without any dairy!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Dump and go recipes couldn’t be easier! Throw everything into the crockpot and let it cook while you go about your day.
  • Potato soup is comforting and delicious. This lightened up version is healthier than most potato soup recipes filled with heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese, and butter.
  • Soup makes the best leftovers.
  • Crockpot recipes do the work for you and are perfect for the entire family.

Key Ingredients

Russet potatoes – Russets have a creamy texture and fall apart while cooking. This makes them ideal for things like soup and mashed potatoes. You can use other potato varieties like Yukon gold potatoes, but they may not mash as well.

Veggies – Carrots, onion, and celery are the perfect veggies for potato soup.

Ham steak – You can find ham steaks in the deli or meat section of the grocery store. If you have leftover ham, that works great too! If you plan to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure the ham you purchase is labeled gluten-free.

Chicken broth – Chicken broth adds a lot of flavor in just one ingredient. It can be high in sodium which is why I recommend buying reduced-sodium broth. Vegetable broth works well too.

Black pepper – Black pepper pairs so well with creamy dishes. If you don’t like it, you can omit it but you may be surprised how amazing it is!

All-purpose flour – Flour thickens the soup. Gluten-free flour will thicken it as well.

Milk – The combination of tender potatoes and whole milk takes this delicious soup over the top! If you’re on a dairy-free diet, substitute the milk with full-fat coconut milk.

ingredients for ham and potato soup

Recipe Steps

Step One

In the base of a slow cooker, add the potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, ham, chicken broth, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

When the cook time is up, remove the lid and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes with the vegetables and ham.

how to make ham and potato soup in the slow cooker

Step Three

Then, stir in the flour and milk and put the lid back on. Cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.

Step Four

Remove the lid and serve hot.

cooked ham and potato soup in crockpot

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can leave the potatoes unpeeled if you wish.
  • You can add salt to season, but I find that there is enough of a salty flavor from the ham pieces.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving. You can also freeze the leftovers up to 2 months.
  • If you want a cheesy ham and potato soup, stir in shredded cheddar cheese just before serving!

FAQs

Can I make potato soup ahead of time?

Yes! Potato soup makes amazing leftovers. It stays good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, microwave a bowl at a time or in a large pot on the stovetop.

How do I make dairy-free potato soup?

Replace the whole milk with canned coconut milk then follow the recipe as directed. Canned coconut milk is naturally creamy which makes it perfect for dairy-free soup!

potato soup with green onions

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Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup


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This comforting Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is a great meal on a cold day. Set the Crockpot in the morning and then enjoy your creamy soup for dinner that evening. The leftovers are fantastic too!


Ingredients

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  • 6 Russet potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 8ounce uncured ham steak, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for gluten-free, use a gluten-free baking flour)
  • 1 cup whole milk or full-fat coconut milk for dairy-free diets
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  1. In the base of a slow cooker, add the potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, ham, chicken broth, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.
  2. When the cook time is up, remove the lid and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes with the vegetables and ham.
  3. Then, stir in the flour and milk and put the lid back on. Cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.
  4. Remove the lid and serve hot.

Notes

  1. You can leave the potatoes unpeeled if you wish.
  2. You can add salt to season, but I find that there is enough of a salty flavor from the ham pieces.
  3. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving. You can also freeze the leftovers up to 2 months.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: creamy slow cooker ham and potato soup, crockpot ham and potato soup

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